The spread of COVID-19 is picking up again and the World Health Organization (WHO) probably predicts two million deaths, but a good part of the population, that of the United Kingdom at least, does not seem to understand the dangers that threaten humanity.
Released on September 18, preliminary results of research from the department of psychological medicine at prestigious King's College London revealed that less than half of Britons are able to name the distinctive symptoms of COVID-19.
Worse, less than a fifth (18%) of people who have experienced symptoms associated with the new coronavirus have self-quarantined in the UK. This preliminary result of the study conducted by Dr. Louise E. Smith contrasts with another result which states that 70% of the British population intended to self-isolate in the event of symptoms such as fever, cough dry and short of breath.
Other tables from the research show similar numbers about patient contact. About 65% of Britons intended to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but the government tracing app reveals just over 10% of people have subject to quarantine in such a case.
The UK confirmed a strong outbreak of the epidemic this week, a wave officials feared in the hardest-hit country in Europe with more than 42,000 dead. More than 425,000 infections have been recorded there, the 15th highest total in the world.
In Quebec, the Ministry of Health asks the population to limit contact for one month, regardless of the region. Dr Gaston De Serres, epidemiologist at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ), deplored Friday that the province has “multiplied by five the incidence of the disease”, and he added that “if it does not there are no very important corrections made by the population, the numbers will increase by multiplying ”again.
The most important health measures in the fight against the transmission of the new coronavirus are the wearing of a mask, social distancing, hand washing and isolation in the event of the onset of symptoms or a positive control of the virus. COVID-19.